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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

MA in Theatre Making

Postgraduate - Taught MA

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time
MA 1 year

About the course

Theatre making at Hull has a strong reputation and a unique history. We’re one of the oldest university drama department in the country, and the city has a long tradition of producing exciting grassroots and professional arts groups.

Thanks to the broad range of our staff expertise, this practical, community-focused programme is challenging, varied and at the forefront of research into theatre, place and space.

You’ll gain hands-on experience in making theatre in a range of settings, including schools, youth groups and care homes, and for a variety of audiences. You’ll also have opportunities to learn how to set up and run your own theatre company.

The relationship between the theory and practice of theatre making is at the heart of the programme. This enables you to develop as creative and reflective theatre artist.

Our students love working in a close-knit, friendly drama community with excellent dedicated facilities and unrivalled access to theatre and rehearsal space. This includes the Gulbenkian Centre, a Grade II-listed working theatre, which was designed by the late theatre architect Peter Moro.

You’ll also benefit from our links with local arts organisations, such as Hull Truck Theatre, nationally-renowned companies, including the New Diorama Theatre in London, and graduate theatre companies such as Middle Child, Silent Uproar and the Roaring Girls.

What you'll study

The MA Theatre Making is designed to connect the theory and practice of theatre and performance, to facilitate collaboration, and to explore and interrogate the interdisciplinary connections between different modes of theatre making.

The programme focuses on the relationship between theatre and performance, place, space and community.

Modules are core for all students and arranged across three strands:

  • Theoretical, historiographic and interdisciplinary models for theatre making
  • Practical exploration of theatre making in local contexts
  • Core professional and academic skills related to the study and practice of theatre making

Compulsory modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Place, Space and Performance

    How important are place and space to the idea of performance? What does an understanding of community bring to our appreciation of the processes of making and receiving drama? You'll look at several philosophical and political readings and critiques of the formation and use of space and place.

  • Performance Practice 1

  • Drama Postgraduate Research and Training Seminar

  • Public Engagement Through Applied Performance

    ​Taught jointly with staff in drama, this module provides you with skills to confidently perform in front of a live audience. You'll work with drama students to develop a small production on a science theme and then perform it to a real audience. You'll explore collaborations between scientists and artists and also and with external partners – ranging from schools and youth centres to local businesses.​

  • Performance Practice 2

    The module takes the form of a group production project. You'll research, plan and execute a project brief in a community-facing setting. Building on your prior experiences, you'll address some aspect of the relationship between space, place and performance.

  • Drama Professional Development Seminar

    In a series of seminars and sessions with other professionals on producing, funding, marketing, promotion and others, you will learn how to make a personal development portfolio (including a CV), a personal statement and a documentation of practice.

  • Research Project (MA Theatre Making)

    This module is an individual research project that is in many ways summative of your MA Theatre Making programme. Choosing either a practice-as-research pathway with critical reflection, or a dissertation-only pathway, you can capitalise on your creative interests, talents and skills.

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Our teaching staff

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,000

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,906 (subject to parliamentary approval) for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International:  £14,000

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Please note, the fees shown are for 2019/20 entry. The fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed and may increase. 

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Fantastic facilities include Middleton Hall, now a world-class cultural venue after a £9.5 million investment, and the listed Gulbenkian Centre.

Find out more

Strong links with local and regional organisations including Hull Truck Theatre, Opera North, New Diorama and Out of Joint.

Make theatre for a variety of audiences, as well as receiving training in setting up and running theatre companies.

Our broad range of staff expertise has enabled us to design a programme that is challenging, varied, and at the forefront of research in the field of theatre making.

Entry requirements

You will have a minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree or international equivalent in Drama, Theatre, Performance or a related subject. These requirements may be varied, especially in the case of students whose first degree was taken some time ago, or where there is compensatory professional or other relevant experience.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in each skill.

See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Future prospects

The MA in Theatre Making prepares students equally well for a career in the theatre industry or for further study. The combination of practice and theory develops graduates ready to engage with the world of professional theatre making, social and applied theatre, or PhD-level study.

Many of our alumni, such as the playwright James Graham, theatre director Marianne Elliott  and David Byrne, the artistic director of London’s New Diorama Theatre, regularly come back to the University to take part in careers events to give the next generation of Hull drama students the benefit of their rich experiences.